【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】 第二支供养 The Second Branch of Worship, Offering
日常师父法语 23A 19’26”手抄稿第三册 P227L8
23A 19’26” Vol 3 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P227L8
English Lamrim Volume 1, P95
【The Meditation Session】
Preparation (5) – The second branch is offering.
【With respect to the second branch of worship, offerings, there are both surpassable and unsurpassable offerings. The former，】
There are two kinds of offerings, one is surpassable, and the other, unsurpassable. Surpassable ones are our ordinary kinds of offerings.
【is expressed by the next two verses:
I offer to the conquerors
Exquisite flowers, the best garlands, etc】
The verses are "I offer to the conquerors exquisite flowers, the best garlands, musical instruments, ointments, excellent umbrellas, superior lamps, and choice incenses. I make offerings to the conquerors with the best garments, superior perfumes, fragrant powders piled as high as Mount Meru-all in the most excellent arrangements." This is it. So what do these two verses mean? It is to use the most excellent, exquisite flowers and fragrance.
【"Exquisite flowers" are wonderful, loose flowers such as those of the human and divine regions. "Garlands" are various flowers that are alternately strung together. 】
"Flowers" means loose flowers, one by one. Then "garlands" would mean flowers which are strung together.
【Both of these terms include all types of real and imagined flowers. 】
What is real? It is real [physically in the present]. What is imagined? That is what you visualize.
【"Musical instruments" are stringed, wind, and percussion instruments. 】
"Stringed" means stringed instruments, stringed instruments. The "wind" would be wind instruments such as brass-wind instruments, or woodwind instruments. These all belong to this group, including flute, and trumpet are all wind instruments. String instruments would include piano and violin, and also Chinese Fiddle (two-string instrument) and so on.